LOS ANGELES -- Wishes do come true. Just ask Sophia Bush.
The Southern California native has been a fan of Pixar movies all her life, particularly "The Incredibles." She was so determined to land even a tiny role in one of the company's animated movies, Bush approached executives with the company three years ago.
"I told them if they ever needed someone with a raspy voice, I was game," Bush says in a voice that's somewhere between Kathleen Turner and a female Batman.
They finally needed her, as Bush lends her voice to Voyd in the new Pixar animated offering, "Incredibles 2," the sequel to the 2004 film that was released at the same time Bush was starring in "One Tree Hill." Voyd is one of several new superheroes in the tale of a family with superpowers who can't use their skills because it's against the law.
Director Brad Bird told Bush it was her "cool voice" that caught their ear during the casting process. They took samplings of Bush's voice from her acting jobs to play against samplings of Holly Hunter's vocals. Hunter plays Elastigirl, the hero who ends up spending the most time with Voyd. The blend was exactly what the team wanted and is something Bush looks to use as a launching pad.
"I want to do all the animation and all of the voice-over work forever. I hope this opens the door," Bush says.
Bush is proud to be part of the kind of movie that can be enjoyed by every member of the family. And, she loves being part of a film that is both entertaining and touches on serious topics from family to acceptance.
Voyd has had to deal with a lifetime of denying her true nature just because those who make the law have deemed her kind unacceptable. It's not just part of a plot for an animated movie for Bush, but an important way to make some serious points in a subtle way.
"Everyone can relate to this movie, but because it's not preachy, all of the tension is taken out of it. And you get to witness something that feels exactly like your family even though it is an animated superhero family," Bush says. "It feels like a world you can relate to. A story you can relate to.
"You get reminded that society is better when we let every single person have a seat at the table and we let every single person offer their own brand of personal magic to make the world around them a better place. That's a big theme for a cartoon."